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Five people convicted for Costa Concordia disaster

Four crewmembers and a company official will serve between 18 and 34 months

Five people will serve time behind bars for their part in the January 2012 Costa Concordia disaster, which killed 32 people when the Carnival Cruise Lines Inc.-owned Italian ship struck a rock near an island shoreline and capsized.

On Saturday, four Costa Concordia crewmembers and a company official pleaded guilty and were sentenced to jail in Italy for their part in the disaster. Each received sentences of between 18 and 34 months for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck.

According to Reuters, none of the five individuals are expected to serve out the full length of their sentences. The longer sentences could even be replaced with house arrest or community service.

Meanwhile, Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino remains on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship. He is seeking a plea bargain to reduce a possible jail sentence.

Read Bloomberg and CNN for more information.

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